German doctors perform first-ever double arm transplant

German doctors perform first-ever double arm transplant

A German medical team said Friday it had performed what it called the world's first transplant of two full arms, on a farmer who had lost both his limbs in an accident.

Berlin goes Babylon

Berlin goes Babylon

Babylon’s strange hold on contemporary culture spurs Daniel Miller to sort myth from truth at a new exhibition at Berlin’s Pergamon Museum.

Elite East German bunker opens to public

Elite East German bunker opens to public

A nuclear-proof bunker built during the Cold War for East German leader Erich Honecker opens to the public Saturday, but only for three months before it is likely sealed forever.

Flaming toilets injure 8 at Wacken heavy metal festival

Flaming toilets injure 8 at Wacken heavy metal festival

A heavy metal festival in Wacken, Germany got fired up on Friday, but not from the show. Unknown perpetrators set the portable toilets on fire.

Car-loving Germans turn to scooters as fuel costs rise

Car-loving Germans turn to scooters as fuel costs rise

Germany has traditionally been a car-loving nation, but more people are donning helmets and taking to the streets on mopeds and bicycles as fuel prices soar, the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM) said on Friday.

Lufthansa forges wage deal to end strike

Lufthansa forges wage deal to end strike

Lufthansa passengers on Friday still had to contend with delays and cancellations despite a tentative wage agreement between the German airline and union officials ending a week-long strike.

China to ban German newspapers from Olympic Village

China to ban German newspapers from Olympic Village

As part of their attempt to keep a stranglehold on information during the Summer Games in Beijing, the Chinese authorities are reportedly planning to ban German newspapers from the Deutsches Haus in the Olympic Village.

Body Worlds anatomist wants drowned German orangutan

Body Worlds anatomist wants drowned German orangutan

After the tragic drowning death of the orangutan Leila in Hamburg this week, controversial anatomist Gunther von Hagens said he wants to use her body in one of his plastination exhibitions, Neue Presse reported on Friday.

Luxury car makers in crisis as BMW issues profit warning

Luxury car makers in crisis as BMW issues profit warning

The German luxury car maker BMW joined rival Daimler on Friday in warning it would miss its 2008 targets, a sign that high-end manufacturers have been caught by the international financial crisis.

Germany to see partial solar eclipse

Germany to see partial solar eclipse

A partial solar eclipse will cast its shadow over Germany on Friday morning, but stormy weather over parts of the country could spoil the fun for hobby astronomers.

Rain floods Bayreuth Festival playhouse

Rain floods Bayreuth Festival playhouse

A performance of Richard Wagner's "Siegfried" at this year's Bayreuth Festival was delayed on Thursday evening owing to torrential rain that flooded parts of the legendary Festspielhaus theatre.